Week 2 - temple stay
15th January - Brown House/Temple
we had some monks visit us today in preparation for our temple stay. we did some chanting and opffered them food. at 12 we went to Wat Sangathon, to stay in a temple. we did sitting and standing meditation which was a little difficulte at 1st and evening chanting with the monks. we learnt alot about buddhism, which was really intresting. bed for the night is a marble floor rather hard in a square room with about 15 of the other girls. no supper tonight as monks only eat between 6am and 11 am so im fasting too.
16th January - Temple Stay
woke at 5.30am to go with monks to collect alms off the local people. lots of us three monks and a trolly kart what a sight. the local people were very generous. it was also a nice sun rise. back in the temple we did more medditating which was becoming easier and very relaxing. we were offered food but it didnt look great so i waited till we got back to the eco house.
17th January - Wangyoun Resort Hotel
Pancakes for breakfast yummy then off to a spa resort for the day and a night. tara and i were lucky enought to get an up graded room.
chacked out of hotel and went to the zoo. saw lots of interesting animals including a ligre. then back to the eco house quick change and off for more fun in bangkok and a day trip to kanchanaburi.
19th January - Kanchanaburi (best day)
early start this morning minibus picked us up at 7am for a day full of fun. the 1st stop was the war cemetary where the british prisoners of war who died in the bombing of the bridge over the river kwai (Don Ruk). it was quite upseting to see but the grounds were well kept and it was a great tribute to the men. we then went to the musiam which told the story of the bridge ove the river kwai. again very interesting with lots to see and read the history was amazing to learn about.. walking across the bridge was also fun as it had alot of gaps in it and narrow paths so meeting people was a little tricky. we then moved on to bambook rafting. this was so nice the river was flowing gentely and it was so pretty. very relaxing. we then crossed a old rickety hanging foot bridge back.next was elephant riding. tara and i rode the elephant around the mountains and i washed he off with the hose when we returned. which i think she appriciated. an extra bonus of the day was th esaiyokmoi waterfall. it wasnt big but an amazing site and it felt so refreshing in the heat to stand under it and swim in the pool beneath. there was also a giant turtle swimming there too and lots of school children. finally the day ended at the tigre temple. a place where the tigers and monks live side by side. we got to met the tigers and sit with them cuddling them it was an amazing experiance and the best day so far.